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Migraine specialist from Coventry named as best in national awards

Neurologist Mohammed Belhag from University Hospital, Coventry has picked up a national award after a patient nominated him for his “tremendous support”.
Dr Belhag was announced as the winner of the ‘Best Healthcare Professional 2009’ category at the Migraine Heroes Healthcare Awards in London on Monday 7th September.
The awards are run by national charity Migraine Action and aim to recognise the healthcare professionals, friends, family members and employers who have made real 
difference to people with migraine. There are seven categories awarded including Best GP and Best Pharmacy.
Dr Belhag was nominated by patient Gillian Smith for the tremendous support he has offered her in managing her migraines.
Mrs Smith had suffered from increasingly worst migraines for 10 years when one was so severe she had to be treated in another hospital for two weeks. After she was discharged 
she had a follow up appointment with another neurologist who could not make it – but filling in for him was Dr Belhag.
She said: “From the moment I met Dr Belhag he was really, really friendly and good.
“He made time to see me at short notice when I needed to and went through everything with me to reassure me as I was worried something very serious was wrong with me because the migraines were so bad.
“He also gave me really practical advice about dealing with my migraines and now 18 months on, I am off my medication and have much fewer migraines. They don’t impact on my life anywhere near as much as they did and I have been able to return to work.
“I nominated Dr Belhag because I really wanted to thank him for all his effort and the huge difference it made to me.”
Dr Belhag said: “Migraines can be seriously debilitating for people but there are some help that can make it a more manageable condition.
“It is always lovely to hear from a patient that their lives have improved through the care they’ve received and I hope that Mrs Smith continues to improve.”
He was chosen as the winner of the category by Migraine Action’s medical advisory board and was presented with a trophy, certificate and educational bursary by migraine specialist and Migraine Action advisor, Dr Abu-Arafeh from Stirling Royal Infirmary.
Lee Tomkins, Director of Migraine Action said: “We received some wonderful entries in this category but the judges felt that Dr Belhag truly deserved the award.
“It was clear that he goes the extra mile to help his migraine patients, taking time to develop to effective management strategies and helping them come away feeling more positive and hopeful which is so important.”

Coventry Telegraph has written a column to mention this award as well:


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